Thursday, October 3, 2013

Penguins 2013 Season Opener!!!

By MF, The Pens Hockey Show

   Hockey is back!! Not just hockey, but Pittsburgh Penguins hockey! Is there a better way to have the Penguins season opener, then in Pittsburgh at Consol Energy Center? I think not! The Penguins are set to take on the New Jersey Devils tonight and it will be a great season/home opener.

    Not everyone will be making their way out on the ice for the Pens (even the Devils for that matter), as we already have some players on the injured reserved and questionable list. First, Vokoun is out for about three to four months due the blood clot in his
, which he has had surgery on. Letang, the number two defensemen in the league, is on the injured reserve with a lower-body injury. However, that isn't the end to it. Coach Bylsma stated today that Neal would be a game-time decision, due to an upper body issue.

    The Pens won't be the only ones without some top talent, the Devils will be having Martin Brodeur backup tonight. The Devils won't be without a top performing goalie though as Cory Schneider will take his place, but I think the Pens can capitalize on the new goalie for the Devils.

    The Pens look good in practice and pre-season, but that shouldn't be a surprise as the Pens have some of the most elite players in the NHL. Many are worried about how Fleury will play? I think we need to stand by the Flower and support him, with such a massive support (since Pittsburgh is the best at it) the Flower will bloom tonight and carry that throughout the whole season, even into the post season.

The Pens lineup is as follows:

Kunitz, Sid, Duper
Jokinen, Geno, Neal
Bennett, Sutter, Kobasew
Glass, Jeffrey, Adams

Orpik, Martin
Scuderi, Niskanen
Maatta, Bortuzzo

Flower in the net! Time to bloom!

Play By Play
PENS 3 Devils 0

3rd Period

0.34- Devils will have a PP for the rest of the game as Glass is sent to the sin bin for boarding.

2:25- Flower has made me speechless! Huge pad save and keeps the puck out of the net! Even the bench was in awe!

3:59- Devils get a penalty shot chance. Henrique gets the chance. Flower denies! There is a warrant being issued for Marc-Andre Fleury for GRAND theft.

7:30- FLOWER!! Shot goes off the post and he makes a no look save behind his back! AMAZING!!!!

8:18- ADAMS SCORES!!! Geno with a sick pass to Adams, as Glass makes a center line drive. Adams whips a hard shot pass Schneider! 3-0 Pens

9:40- Orpik is handing out FREE CANDY!!!

12:12- Schneider with two great pad saves on Duper. He had two shots and wasn't giving up. Sid just can't reach the loose put in the blue paint and Devils are able to clear.

13:15- Orpik smears Jagr into the glass...We need to call the maintenance crew out to wipe him off, so the fans can see the game.

13:30- Neal is out for the rest of the game. No information on his injury.

14:12- Devils really pressuring the Pens in their own zone. Flower solid and the Pens are doing a great job of collapsing around the net. They have 16 blocked shots, they just have to withstand the Devils right now.

17:05- Flower puts the paddle down to make a stop. He has been impressive during this game. The Pens not showing any rust from the off-season.

20:00- Third period time! The Pens need to keep up their solid performance and close this one out with a win! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00- Second period ends! The Pens were a bit sloppy at times in that period and gave the Devils a chance to get back in  this one, but Flower shut the down on that chance. Still a solid effort by the Pens.

1:00- The Pens are giving up space to the Devils and they are able to get some zone time, setting up a cycle. Flower has been sharp, keeping the Devils at bay.

2:56- Zidlicky left wide open at the left side of the net, as Flower committed to another shot, he had a wide open net to work with. He just puts one through the blue paint going to the right corner. The Pens get lucky on that play.

4:31- Devils Volchenkov makes a big hit on Kobasew in the neutral zone. Kobasew loses his stick, on his way back to the bench, he lays a punishing hit on Vokchenkov. I felt it from my house...huge collision.

7:30- The Pens PP comes to an end and didn't amount to anything. The Pens registered zero shots on the PP. Devils are back to full strength.

9:30- The Pens will get their first PP of the game as Zidlicky heads to the box for hooking.

9:50- Geno makes a great play in the neutral zone with a leading pass up to Bennett. He carries it into Devils zone and snaps one up high. Schneider gets a piece of the puck with his glove, but it falls behind him into the blue paint. The Devils get lucky and are able to clear the puck.

10:44- Bennett with a solid effort, throwing his body in the way of a Devil's shot. He blocks it and the Pens are able to clear. Double shift for Bennett on that one.

12:05- The Pens with a solid effort in the D-zone keeping the Devils to the boards and clearing the puck.

14:48- Flower with a solid effort in the net and looking sharp. The makes a quick save on a rebound shot. Then few seconds later, Flower stands up on Brunner's shot and he gloves up the puck.

17:00- Neither team has had any real zone time to set up a cycle or anything. Both teams doing a good job of keeping that from happening. The Pens have been able to score on rushes and not having to set up zone time.

20:00- Second period is underway! Time for the Pens to keep the goals coming and keep up the solid performance! Neal didn't come out for the start of the second period. Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00- First period ends and the Pens have the 2-0 lead over the Devils. Great first period for the Pens, solid effort and Flower was solid in the net.

0:10- Glass and Clowe drop the gloves. Solid fight between two tough customers.

1:47- Bennett with a great, sharp shot from a bad angle. Schneider makes the pad save.

2:37- The Pens are able to kill off their first penalty. Amazing PK effort and looks to be a great one this year, just like years in the past.

4:37- The Pens PK will gets it first chance of the season, as Geno takes a seat for a high stick.

6:00- Neal hurries off the ice and heads down the runway to the locker room. Looked hurt, hopefully he is alright.

7:41- SID SCORES!! Kunitz lays a big hit in the neutral zone giving Duper space. He puts the puck up to Sid and they speed off to get a 2 on 1 chance. Sid holds the puck and snaps one towards the net. It blows pass Schneider and to the back of the net. 2-0 Pens!

10:33- KOBASEW SCORES! Bennett makes a great play in the neutral zone to put a pass up to Sutter. He shots the puck and Kobasew gets to the rebound. He doesn't miss and fires one right through the five-hole of Schneider! Kobasew with his first goal as a Penguin and first goal of the season for the Pens. 1-0 Pens

12:15- Flower has looked sharp to start this game. Neal with the best scoring chance off a faceoff win, with the Pens signature faceoff play.

13:55- The rookie Maatta gives the puck away at the Pens blue line, but recovers by stripping the puck from a Devil, keeping them from getting an odd man situation. Impressive recovery by the young player.

15:17- Neal gets some space on the right wing side, he lets a hard shot go. Schneider makes the glove save.

17:42- Flower stands up at the side of the net to make the save on Carter's shot. Two good saves by the Flower to start this game.

20:00- The puck has been dropped at center ice and the Pens season is finally underway! Time to start this season with a win at home! Lets Go Pens! 

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